Baby Bottle Sterilizer – Why You Need Them and What Are the Advantages

For those who bottle feed their baby, it is crucial that you make sure that all the feeding equipment is properly cleaned and sanitized using a baby bottle sterilizer and dryer. Your infant’s immunity is not as developed or strong as yours or any other adults. Therefore, your baby is much more prone to pick up an infection or get ill. Hence, it is vital that proper hygiene is maintained while making formula for your baby.

Here are the steps that you should follow to ensure that your baby’s feed is healthy and safe for him:

1.  Boil water and let it cool to a temperature of nearly 70ºC. This will ensure that all the harmful bacteria and germs in the water are destroyed.

2.  Make sure that the water temperature has come down to drinkable temperature before making your baby’s feed to prevent scalding. In case you have to give the formula to your baby urgently, you can reduce the temperature by running the baby bottle under cold tap water. But ensure you always test the temperature of formula milk before giving it to your infant.

3.  Always wash your hands and clean the kitchen platform with a disinfectant before making the formula.

4.  Once you fill the bottle with milk, whether formula or expressed breast milk, it should be used as soon as possible. Do not put partially finished bottle in the fridge for later consumption. Only make the formula when your baby wants it. This is because the risk of bacteria growth increases with time and bacteria can even multiply if the formula is kept in the fridge. If your little one does not drink the formula for more than an hour, then discard it and make a fresh bottle.

5.  Keep these tips in mind while making the formula:

•  Never heat the formula in a microwave as it results in uneven heating and can burn your infant’s mouth

•  Never add cereals or sugar in the bottle as it can thicken the formula and increase the chances of bacteria growth

•  Always discard leftover formula so that it does not curdle

•  Ensure that you never use artificially softened water to make the baby’s feed as it is devoid of essential minerals

•  Follow the instructions given at the back on the packet of your baby’s formula as different brand names use varied amounts of powder and water. You have to make sure that you add exact quantity of infant formula powder as mentioned, because while extra formula can cause constipation, less powder can reduce the nutrients essential for your baby’s nourishment.

•  Damaged nipples can hide the bacteria in scratches and tears. These bacteria can survive the entire cleaning and sterilizing process. Therefore, you should keep a meticulous check and change the nipples with the new ones when they get damaged over time.

Apart from the above five steps, another thing that is equally important is sterilizing all the feeding equipments of your baby. Cleaning and sanitizing baby bottles, nipples, pacifiers ( and other feeding utensils before each feeding lower the chances of your baby getting diarrhoea or falling sick. Carefully wash all the bottles by hand and with soapy water before sterilizing them. In addition to messy boiling, there are various other simpler ways by which you can sterilize the bottles:

Electric and Microwave Sterilizer

This is the easiest way to sterilise multiple bottles and other feeding equipment quickly. These baby bottle sterilizer heat a small amount of water and sanitize the contents using hot steam. The bottles will also remain sterile for a few hours if the steriliser is left unsealed.

Cold Water Sterilization

But how can you sterilize your baby’s bottles if electricity is not available? It is at such a juncture that cold water sterilization comes in handy. All you have to do is dissolve some sterilizing liquid or tablet in a bucket of water and then dip the cleaned bottles in this solution. Thirty minutes of immersion will sterilize all your bottles and will keep them sterile for 24 hours if not taken out of the solution.

Microwaveable Steam Bags

You need an instant and compact sterilizing solution while travelling. For this you can use microwaveable steam bags to sanitize your bottles on the go. All you have to do is dump all the parts of your bottle in the bag and then microwave it for three minutes to quickly sanitize your baby’s bottle.

So, go ahead and choose a sterilization method that suits your needs and budget and protect your baby from unwanted infections and illnesses!